Assurance: An Austinian View of Knowledge and Knowledge Claims

2014.09.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Krista Lawlor, Assurance: An Austinian View of Knowledge and Knowledge Claims, Oxford University Press, 2013, 231pp., $65.00
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2014.09.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Krista Lawlor, Assurance: An Austinian View of Knowledge and Knowledge Claims, Oxford University Press, 2013, 231pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199657896. Reviewed by Rebecca Kukla, Georgetown University Krista Lawlor takes up many of the core problems in the theory of knowledge -- how to respond to skepticism, how to account for probabilistic and inductive knowledge, how practical interests impact epistemic status, and so forth -- through the lens of her pragmatic and semantic analysis of knowledge claims, or 'assurances.' She frames the book by taking assurances as a class of speech acts with a distinctive role in both epistemology and conversational pragmatics. Her analysis is heavily rooted in Austin's account of assuring, and in an Austinian approach to language more generally. Her basic thesis is that "the function of assurance is to give hearers exclusionary reasons" (19); that is, assuring is designed. . .

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